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Regulation and process changes for 21/22

Key changes this year that students need to be aware of

5th November 2021

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, certain rules for the 2020/21 academic year were changed and/or relaxed to enable students to successfully submit assessments and sit exams.

Please be aware that for the 2021/22 academic year, the following procedures will be reinstated:

Evidence for Extenuating Circumstances (EC)

If you are unable to complete an assessment on your course due to circumstances beyond your control (e.g. illness), you may be able to apply for EC to be applied to your outcome.

If the EC is approved, you can either submit up to seven calendar days late without the mark being capped, or request a ‘deferred’ assessment, meaning you undertake a resit but without the mark being capped.

Please be aware that the University is reinstating the requirement to submit written evidence to support your request. The evidence would normally be in the form of a medical note that could be from your GP, a hospital or counsellor.

If you have had a positive Covid-19 test, you must get a confirmatory PCR test, and the result of this would be considered adequate evidence for EC.

The full details can be found in the Academic Handbook, or by contacting the Student Hub.

Late submission after seven days

The University policy for late submission results is your mark being capped if you submit late. From this year, your work will be considered late if it is submitted any time after the exact deadline for the submission, up to seven calendar days late. If it is more than seven calendar days late, then it will be treated as a non-submission.

This is a minor change from the previous definition of five working days, but makes the timeframe clearer and more consistent throughout the year.

Exams will be on campus

The University has also confirmed that where modules are validated with an exam, this will now be undertaken on campus in the usual way and we will no longer be asking students to undertake exams remotely from the University over a 24 hour period, as has been the case over the past 18 months. If you are unable to attend an exam or in class test running on campus for a valid reason, you would need to use the EC procedure outlined above.

If you have any queries about the above, please email